Headspace (2011)

‘Headspace’ – devised by the company with young people (non-actors) from Celbridge, Maynooth and Leixlip (Celbridge Mill, Jan). This was a Kildare Youth Services project funded by the HSE.

‘Headspace’, a HSE funded initiative surrounding mental health promotion part of an overall plan for responding to such needs in the communities of North East Kildare and Kildare/West Wicklow, involved more than 40 teenagers, who came together to perform, for the first time, in several dramas dealing with mental health issues with the help of parents, schools and mixed community groups.

A multi-agency Steering Group was set-up to develop, implement and review a range of Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention measures across sectors and within the community. The membership of the groups is composed of representatives from health, education, youth services and other key agencies working in the area. Teenagers from Kildare performed three dramas in Celbridge, exploring issues which affect them in their lives such as peer pressure, isolation, alcohol and drugs. The initiative is aimed at being a catalyst for community discussion on such topics. What emerged from all this work was the importance of involving local services, organisations and communities in developing local and relevant responses.

Key partners in the community response were the North East Kildare Mental Health Sub Group, Kildare Youth Service and Crooked House Theatre Company who expertly guided the young people through the task to hand.